Station #63 – Kitimat
RCM SAR 63 Kitimat is located at the head end of the Douglas Channel on the North Coast of B.C. The station was founded in 1988 and is supported by the Kitimat Marine Rescue Society. The area served is from Kitimat to the Hecate Straits. Mission distances and durations are the longest of all RCM SAR stations. The nearest Canadian Coast Guard station is 130 nautical miles with response time in a 8 hour window. The Kitimat Station is considered a prime resource in the area.
The Douglas Channel and area reach 80 kilometers inland from the inside passage. The narrow fiords through the mountains produce extreme winds and temperatures. In winter the salt spray freezes before it lands on the boat and crew. Minus 20 is not uncommon.
The station operates from a floating boathouse with a heated training area above the vessel bay. The SAR vessel is an open 26 foot rigid hull inflatable powered by twin 200 HP outboards. Cruising speed is 35 knots with a range of over 200 nautical miles.
Station members provide safety training and coverage for marine events in the community. Members install and maintain a PFD Kids don`t float, loaner station for children at the local Marina.